Getting arrested and charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, is naturally frightening. However, being accused of being involved in a DUI accident involving the death of another party can be even more intimidating. The penalties of a resulting conviction can be serious, potentially including imprisonment, fines and other sanctions. One man found himself potentially facing these types of charges in California following a vehicle crash.
Police said the man was driving the incorrect way on Highway 101. It suddenly side-swiped a tour bus, glanced off another vehicle and finally ended up hitting a car head-on and killing a 25-year-old man. The victim who was killed was riding in the vehicle that was hit. Another vehicle in the area attempted to avoid the impact and ended up in a ditch along the road.
Witnesses said they saw the man who allegedly caused the accident going north in the southbound lanes, according to police. He suffered injuries in the crash, including broken ribs, and was treated at the hospital. No one else suffered serious injuries in the crash. The man may face manslaughter and DUI charges. The 22-year-old man was placed in jail on a bail of $250,000.
If a person in California isbelieved to have killed someone as a result of driving while intoxicated, a felony conviction could result. The individual accused of DUI may seek a plea deal with prosecutors and possibly get a lighter sentence, or he or she may choose to go to trial and challenge the allegations. The person has the right to make sure that all of his or her legal rights are protected during the criminal proceedings.
Source: mercurynews.com, "Mountain View man jailed on possible DUI, manslaughter charges in wrong-way crash that killed Gilroy man", Robert Salonga, July 15, 2014